XC team adapted to new travel schedule
October 31, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Nolan Bryant
Cross country has returned this fall with new competition and new times to crush. The season has just ended, this year the XC team has changed their schedule to accommodate the new conference which adds Mountain View, Bend, and Summit high schools from Central Oregon.
“Extra Saturday meets and long weekends,” Coach Holcomb, the head coach of the team said. The new conference has now changed meet schedules so the McNary now raced against half the conference on Wednesdays and ran more invitationals on Saturday.
The new competition with the recently created conference really has offset the season this year Assistant coach Handrich said.
North Salem, West Albany, McMinnville, and Forest Grove have all been removed from the conference and replaced with three Central Oregon schools. Handrich said it creates a lot of competition. Some of McNary’s best runners this year are running their best times only to be sitting in the middle of the pack compared to the Central Oregon runners.
Along with the new conference, McNary has also been pursuing many larger invitationals this year including the Wilsonville Night Meet and the Meriwether Golf Course, a favorite among the athletes this year.
Daniel Matthews, a sophomore said “the teams works hard and the dedicated coaches are always working to better them.” Tate Thompson, a junior also mentioned the new hours.
“It’s been a good year for us with the new meets, activities and practices, however it’s a nuisance to drive and cater to Bend with long trips that consume our time.”
With the end of the the season closing in and districts coming up at the end of October, the coaches continue to push the runners with new workouts and try to make the most of the season,” said coach Holcomb.
The runners continue to push through the season but have many concerns. Coach Handrich as well as runners Thompson, Matthews, and Alan Torres, a senior all agreed on the fact that the competition is imbalanced and frustrating, yet acknowledged the need for the Central Oregon schools.